Food & Drink

Where to find brunch in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City after St. Patrick's Day

A crowd fills Rapid Creek Cidery located at Wilson's Orchard near Iowa City for a menu preview on Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
A crowd fills Rapid Creek Cidery located at Wilson's Orchard near Iowa City for a menu preview on Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
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The morning after Saint Patrick's Day can be rough after a night of celebration... Luckily, there are several restaurants in our area offering delicious Sunday brunches.

Iowa City

Pullman Bar- Pullman Bar and Diner now offers their take on this currently trendy food with ancient roots. The bones are sliced in half and topped with bacon jelly and fresh herbs. Diners use a spoon to scoop out the marrow and spread it on toast.

“The food concept is fresh. It’s our interpretation of the American diner,” owner Matthew Swift said.

Address: 17 S Dubuque St., Iowa City  

Rapid Creek Cidery- The livestock is fed on apple mash left over from cider production, and their meat is on the menu of Rapid Creek Cidery. Featuring a restaurant and hard cider tap room on the second level and a private events center for weddings and other gatherings on the first level, the Cidery opened April 19, 2017. 

“I love cooking. I’ve done restaurants for 30 years, and my focus has always been kind of high-end, structured food. There are aspects to that fine dining style that I wasn’t enjoying as much,” Chef Matt Steigerwald said. “I really love the way food brings people together. Here, we’re de-emphasizing the fussiness and trying to emphasize the community aspect of the dinner with shareable food.”

Address: 4823 Dingleberry Road NE, Iowa City

Cedar Rapids

Lightworks Cafe- This cafe serves a full array of coffee and espresso drinks along with breakfast items such as beignets, eggs, biscuits and gravy as well as lunch items including pizza, burgers, tacos and salads.

“I just like being creative, it’s deep down in my soul. I’ve always loved making, creating,” owner Nathan Graham said. “Food is kind of color and flavor is kind of color. You need to have contrast, strong points and passive points that kind of punch you in the face.”

Address: 501 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

Pub 217- This Cedar Rapids restaurant, which opened in 2015, is one of many participating in Restaurant Week this year.

Pub 217 will be offering brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a part of their participation. For $10 you can get Southwest scramble — chorizo from the Sausage Foundry, jalapenos, onion, two scrambled eggs and Monterey Jack cheese sauce — served on hash browns with a toast or cinnamon roll.

"It's elevated bar food," owner Bryan Bredman said in 2015. "We're trying to meet the market need downtown and give people another choice."

Address: Pub 217, 217 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids

Other restaurants that are participating in Restaurant Week and offering breakfast are Dash Coffee Roasters, Gumption, Lucky's on 16th, and Lightworks.

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